Sustainable is one of the hottest buzzwords today, and we’re so here for it. There are sustainable options available for just about everything you can think of. In fact, we’ve written about many of these options—feminine products, home goods, must-have items if you’re on a budget, party ideas, clothing brands, the list goes on. We’ve even shared some apps to help you live more sustainably. Today, we’re helping you take a step in the right direction to living sustainably—literally. These sustainable shoe brands will help you look good, feel good and do good.
Allbirds: These simple, yet super-comfortable shoes, are made using merino wool that is breathable, temperature-regulating and moisture-wicking; and the process uses 60 percent less energy than materials in typical synthetic shoes. Also, the laces are made from recycled bottles, the insoles include castor bean oil and the packaging is made from 90 percent recycled cardboard.
Everlane: This company practices what it calls Radical Transparency, which means that it partners with ethical factories around the world that offer its employees fair wages, reasonable hours and a healthy environment; sources the best materials; and shares the true cost of every item made.
Oka-B: This American-made shoe company believes in closed-loop recycling to reduce the use of virgin material and to keep old shoes from becoming environmental waste. Plus, if you return your well-loved and worn Oka-B shoes to the factory, they will recycle them, and any that are free from contamination are used to create new Oka-B products.
Reformation: This company, which is known for its sustainable and beautiful clothing items, recently introduced a shoe line that includes sandals, flats and heels. The shoes are made from materials like chrome-free leather and jute, and manufacturing these shoes saves an average of 52 percent on CO2 emissions, 70 percent of water and 65 percent of waste compared to many other shoes bought in the U.S.
The Root Collective: These ethically made shoes are beautiful! What’s even better? The company partners with small, independent workshops in Guatemala run by local business owners, and producers are compensated with fair trade wages. The company helps produce much-needed jobs in Guatemala, and offers young men and women an alternative to living a life of violence and crime.
Rothy’s: Rothy’s prevents millions of plastic water bottles from ending up in landfills by using them to create beautiful shoes. The soles of the shoes are made from vegan, recyclable, carbon-free rubber and thermoplastic polyurethane; vegan and non-toxic adhesives are created with low environmental impact; and the insoles are made from bio-based caster oil and recycled material. Plus, the company partners with The Envira Amazonia Project: A Tropical Forest Conservation Project, a payment system for ecosystem services forest conservation, protecting nearly 500,000 acres of tropical rainforest.
TOMS: For every pair of shoes purchased, a new pair of shoes is given to a child in need through humanitarian organizations who incorporate shoes into their community development programs. TOMS shoes are made with sustainable and vegan materials including natural hemp, organic cotton and/or recycled polyester, and these materials are used on the upper, liner and/or the insole cover. Plus, all of the shoe boxes are made from 80 percent recycled post-consumer waste and are printed with soy ink.
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